I’ve had a lot on my mind throughout the last couple of weeks, ranging everything from business initiatives, personal relationships, goals, and an ever-evolving view towards who and what in my life are actually important.

And, to be sure, this is hardly anything new.

But before we get too deep in the pool on this one, I should probably confess to you that a few months ago I spilled a protein drink on my Macbook and fried the thing. Yep, I’m that moron.

I liked that computer, too.

Ruining that computer seems to have already been a catalyst for potential major life changes, but I’ll touch back on that later.  

As it turns out, my last 5 years has been a continuous series of transformational chapters, each laying the groundwork for what would come next, and each the result of one or more chance circumstances that led to a major life decision.

  • In 2011, I sold 50% of JackColton.com to a new business partner, which led to three years of new opportunities, friendships, focus, business expansion, and a need to finally be organized with co-workers in an actual office (whoa!).
  • In 2013, I began a physical transformation which took me from a scrawny, pale, underweight geek who hated how he looked in the mirror, to “that guy” who gets pissed if he dares miss a daily gym session.
  • In 2014, we sold all of Jack Colton Inc, which led to over two years of international travel, learning, personal introspection, and an almost maddening amount of free time.
  • In 2016, the new owners of Jack Colton Inc and I met and formed “Run Free Media,” which brought me back as partner and CEO of my original sites and gave me funding for a number of new projects that I’m eager to work on.

All that sounds good in an interview, but the truth of the matter is: each positive transformational decision was born out of both necessity and circumstance.

  • I brought in a partner because I needed financial investment, was tired of working alone, and felt I’d taken things as far as I could on my own.
  • I hired a personal trainer because my body felt like hell and I didn’t want to end up like my Mother had…which was sick and dead.
  • We sold the entire company because we had grown complacent and were blind to all the major financial opportunity that was right around us.
  • The discussions for partnership were born out of my financial runway from the sale running short, newly having seen former opportunities, and a different direction needed for the original sites.

And each of those situations? You could deconstruct any one of them and, with enough effort, define hundreds (if not thousands, or even millions) of individual decisions, circumstances and chance encounters that created the larger scenario.

[ADD MORE HERE ABOUT THAT: Maybe touch on perception vs reality]

My protein-soaked Macbook.

I opted not to replace it, which led to shifting some of it’s workload to my smartphone. My phone at the time was an aging Samsung Galaxy S5, complete with a growing crack on the screen and terrible AT&T service.

If I was going to be using my phone more for work, figured I might as well switch carriers and upgrade to the latest large handset.

Samsungs were in the news for burning down people’s houses, just as Apple had released an all new iPhone 7.

That got me thinking: One of the frustrating things about being on Android, is that everyone seems to first develop their apps for iOS, leaving me out of the mix. So not only would switching help prevent a possible catastrophic fire (poor Samsung), I’d also be able to get more into mobile apps.

Which I did. I discovered all sorts of [specifics  to be omitted for competitive purposes] apps that now having a better understanding of has helped to shape our development plans for the future.

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And that was only the beginning, all in a short time and all due to a spilled drink.

Everything is always a matter of cause and effect.

It’s easy to say in hindsight what you would do differently if given the chance, but when you actually map out how you got to any specific point in your life, every bit of it was always a series of cause and effect.

When you look at life with the understanding of one thing always leading directly to another, it helps to illustrate the importance of managing what (or who) we allow into our lives which will ultimately shape our circumstance and perception of the world.

Putting off bringing a series of regular positive habits into your day-to-day has as much of a negative effect as keeping people in your life around who shouldn’t be there.

Everything is connected. – JC